Someone is feeding cats in Pennsylvania with baited fish hooks, rescue group says

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PLYMOUTH, Pa. -- The SPCA's humane officer in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, is looking into a possible case of animal cruelty after a cat was found with a fish hook in its mouth.

A rescue group who found the cat believes someone in Plymouth is baiting fish hooks and feeding them to cats, according to WNEP.

With visible facial wounds showing, a stray cat is on the mend at the Pittston Animal Hospital after it was found with a fish hook caught in its mouth.

Volunteers with Happy Hearts and Tails Safe Haven Animal Rescue say it was found around an abandoned house in Plymouth.

They believe someone living on the block is feeding baited fish hooks on strings to the strays living there.

“There was a string with a hook, and then he put food on it, dangling for the cat and the cat ate it,” said Dawn Mandygral, who runs the rescue group. “He deliberately-he was fishing for cats. That's what he said.”

Mandygral says that cat is among 15 left behind when their owners were evicted.

She and others were at the home searching for more cats who were fed baited hooks.

“There's definitely two more. We know that there's three with string coming out of their mouths,” Mandygral said.

A humane officer with the Luzerne County SPCA says they have spoken with the person believed to be doing this and that there is an investigation into possible animal cruelty.

“[I hope] that he's prosecuted to the fullest extent for every single cat that he's harmed,” Mandygral said.

As for the cat at the hospital, Dr. Inayat Kathio says it is recovering after extensive and expensive medical work.

“Take the string out from the stomach, that costs money,” Kathio said. “Drained the abscesses from the cat and give them the treatment. That costs lots of money.”

Plymouth police also confirm they are looking into what has been happening to the stray cats.

The SPCA humane officer says at this time they are not releasing the name of the person they are investigating.

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